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Non-motorized Boater Technical Assistance Group (TAG) or NMBTAG

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The non-motorized Boater Technical Assistance Group (TAG) is a group that meets quarterly to discuss non-motorized watercraft issues. This was group was formed by FWC by invitation after the FWC Listening Sessions. The lead agency if the FWC Recreation Services.

At the first meeting, in a facilitated exercise, the following issues were decide upon as the group's major focus;

Access (8)
Safety (8)
Education (5)
Environmental Impacts (4)
Use Conflicts (6)
Payment for Services (7)

Issues in the following areas were mentioned once:
Science
Rowing Issues
Politics & representation
Personal Responsibility

The group was told this was not to be a group working on registration, registration was set aside at this point.

The TAG group then engaged in a discussion to break down each issue and explore its elements

Access Issue
• Need more access
• How they are designed is important
• Less is more - unimproved is best
• Need template for launches / Best practices for design
• Distance from access point and parking area is an issue
• Different access needs based on function, example between kayaks & rowing (which need floating docks & boat houses)
• Access information
o Ownership
o Who controls the access point?
o Closure, hours available, etc. needs to be easily available
• Parking conflicts
• Maintenance Requirements
• Bathrooms

Safety 
• Recognize that US Coast Guard has role in PFD and light usage rules
• Education
• Need simple check card with info on what is legally required  
• Increase visibility for inland safety
• Use venues of opportunity for public outreach (NMB shows/events for example)

Education
• Motor boat wake courtesy
• Need incentives
o possibly consider incentives for completing an education course (like a discount on insurance as is done in coverage for automobiles)
• Look at other modes (i.e. bicycles) how do they do it?
o Look at parallels between water issues and pedestrian issues (cars vs. bikes / pedestrians). This may model how we should approach our issue.
• Determine what is effective
• Consider language barrier (especially for tour guides)
• Multicultural / multilingual / use of pictorial images
• Understanding each other - NMBs and MBs - is key
• Signage at access points
• Outreach - how to get the information out there effectively
• FWC Boater Safety Training publication (include NMB info there)

         

 

 


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